How do I get calcium to my snails?

Discussion in 'Snails' started by cheesepuff, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. cheesepuff

    cheesepuffWell Known MemberMember

    I know my snails need calcium, but what do I buy to get it to them?
     
  2. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I've heard of people adding cuttlebone to their tanks or adding calcium blocks


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  3. Kyle 2048

    Kyle 2048Valued MemberMember

    When my snails need calcium I add pieces of cuttle bone to the water and feed it veggies rich with calcium such as broccoli, spinach and lettuce.


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    cheesepuff

    cheesepuffWell Known MemberMember

    I've heard cuttlebone will raise the pH in the tank, so I would like to avoid that option. Where can i buy calcium blocks?

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  5. Bijou88

    Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    Cuttlebone didn't raise the ph in my tanks at all.

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  6. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I believe you can buy Calcium Blocks on ebay.
     
  7. Kyle 2048

    Kyle 2048Valued MemberMember

    Like what bijou88 said, cuttlebone doesn't raise ph.


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    cheesepuff

    cheesepuffWell Known MemberMember

    Cool. Is there any particular place where I should get it? And what would be considered a good price?

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  9. Bijou88

    Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    You can get it anywhere that sells pet supplies, it's in with the bird stuff. Around here it's usually between $1-$3, so pretty cheap.

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  10. Kyle 2048

    Kyle 2048Valued MemberMember

    Id say about a buck or two. Sometimes 2 for 1.50 if you live in Canada get it at pet smart in the bird section, if you don't look in the bird section at your local pet store or chain pet store.


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  11. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Good morning,

    I use egg shells placed in a filter media bag and hide it in my filter for additional calcium. Usually just 3 cracked eggs, rinse the shells and place them in the bag, then the filter (or hidden in the aquarium). I replace the shells about every 2 to 3 months once they are mostly dissolved. Seems to work well for my Nerites.

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    cheesepuff

    cheesepuffWell Known MemberMember

    I put some lettus in the tank for them to eat. I read that this can help. Is this true?
     
  13. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Check out the information below concerning the nutritional value of Lettuce:


    Yes, Lettuce does contain Calcium.

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  14. CindiL

    CindiLFishlore LegendMember

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    cheesepuff

    cheesepuffWell Known MemberMember

    I'm not sure what the GH is sadly. My water goes through a softener. My iceberg lettuce is kind of just floating at the top of the tank now. Despite my water finally being fully cycled, I have still lost a few snails. Granted they came from a big chain store called Meijer and they were never in the best of health to begin with, I'm still kind of concerned.

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  16. Bijou88

    Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    If you're using a water softener you probably need to add minerals back in, without them the snails won't do well at all. You also need to weight down veggies that float, i use a rubber band and attach them to a rock, others user clips etc. For easy access for the snails, veggies should be on or near the bottom of the tank.
    Also, you'd be better off using romaine lettuce or spinach since it has more nutritional value.
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    cheesepuff

    cheesepuffWell Known MemberMember

    I've got the perfect idea. I could put my new shrimp tubes on top of a piece of lettuce

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  18. Bijou88

    Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    Or you could rubber band it around the outside of the tubes, that way they could graze along the surface, i worry it will wiggle loose if it's just under the tubes....

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  19. CindiL

    CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Your snails or livebearers will not survive in softened water without mineral replacement of some kind. Some of these types listed they can ingest will help but 0 degree GH will lead to problems with pretty much all fish. Even "soft" water fish need minerals of some kind.

    Did we talk about this in another thread? I can't remember but you can add Seachems Replenish which is just liquid calcium/magnesium, and/or a bag of crushed coral put in a media bag inside your filters will go a long way in helping out your snails and other fish.
     
  20. Kyle 2048

    Kyle 2048Valued MemberMember

    The lettuce is high in calcium so it will help the snail if he eats it.


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